Safe asbestos removal throughout your home’s construction materials such as your insulation is an absolute necessity. It is a mineral fiber that once it is exposed or manipulated during renovations or remodels the dust is free to enter the lungs of any and all living persons therein. And much like charcoal or other fine particulate materials that enter the lungs, just the ‘right’ amount can cause severe illness and even cancer. So, if you are taking on an extensive renovation project in your home and you come across a fibrous, slightly chalky substance in spaces throughout your walls, around your ventilation, or piping, you will need to be sure that asbestos removal is necessary with an inspection, first, and then have it safely hauled away, second. But before all of that, you have to know that if your home was built before the mid 1970’s then you should be cautiously prepared for a discovery as you begin any extensive remodeling project involving your piping, ventilation or walls. It is important to note that as long as it is not disturbed, it poses no threat to you, your spouse, children, or family pets; so don’t go looking for it. If you do find it when you’re trying to update and beautify your space, notify a certified abatement contractor for their services immediately and vacate the space for the time being. They are going to need to block off the space; it’ll push back your remodeling schedule, but you’ll be safer for it thereafter.
Some homeowners have tried to approach asbestos removal on their own, but each step is very specific and very much so required in order to bring forth a safe and sound home after the cleansing is complete. Therefore, licensed asbestos abatement specialists are your best bet for proper and thorough extraction of the potentially dangerous materials. These professionals protect themselves with HEPA filter respirators, coveralls, rubber boots, rubber gloves, and eye protection. They also stay safe by not using any of the electricity in that space because they have to wet down the asbestos to prevent fiber dispersion as it is being removed. They protect the remainder of your space by safely sectioning off the infected area. They do this by use of duct taped polyethylene plastic sheets to create fake walls and even on the flooring if the ceiling must come down as well. They block off the containment areas, place all of the removed fibers in double sealed disposal bins and taken away in a closed vehicle in order to further prevent spread of fibers during transport. This is why use of professionally licensed asbestos removal contractors will insure that you and your family will be in a safer space after construction is complete because there are no more threats lurking in your walls.